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there we go. so, it starts out and you guys can't see this, but there's a front-facing camera. this morning on "early today," alex arrives. the hurricane batters mexico, and its effects are felt by oil clean-up crews far across the gulf. case reopened. police in oregon once again look in sex assault allegations against al gore. and flight delayed due to magotst. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with blowing ashore. mexico after making wing its
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its way as a category 2 form. it's prompting evacuations here and in the u.s. it's weakened already to a category 1 storm. for more on this we go to grant stinchfield. grant, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. i can tell you folks here on the island really feel like they dodged a bullet with the eye of that storm moving well south into mexico. one of the serious problems that is still a threat here are tornadoes being spun out as this storm circulates onshore. we've already seen five of them in the texas/south texas/brownsville area. this is a low-lying area. they're not set up to handle large amounts of rain, so the flooding here is very, very severe at times. sporadic power outages were a problem. it appears that most of the power is back on. this wasn't too much of a blow.
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compared to mexico, though, the situation is much different there. when this storm came across it was a category 2 hurricane. they had serious power outages. they're looking at serious, serious flooding. we would not be surprised if there was loss of life. we're keeping an eye on things here on south padre. lynn, let's send it back do you. >> grant, thanks so much for the update. while hurricane alex is a long way from bp's busted oil well it still had an impact on the clean-up efforts and an effort to get that capped. nbc's leanne gregg is live in louisiana. good morning, leanne. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. lightning has forced bp officials to stop containment at the site. the water was so rough vessels had to come in.
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the boom had to be remove order relocated. now, when this storm finally moves on, they'll have a new tool in their arsenal. the world's largest skimming vessel has arrived. it came on wednesday. a former taiwanese rig that stands 10-stories high. officials hope it will suck up more than 21 million gallons of oil a day. also in the coming weeks, efforts to scoop up thousands of turtle eggs from their northwests. it's a desperate attempt to keep an entire generation of species cease from vanishing. u.s. wildlife & fisheries will coordinate the plan. it calls for 7,000 turtle eggs in florida and along alabama. lynn, that's the latest. you can see it's still raining hard here in grand isle, louisiana. the house of representatives
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has voted to approve a sweeping overhaul of the nation's financial system. the new legislation passed yesterday awrong a largely party line vote would bolster consumer protection, create an oversight council and restrict risky. if approved it won't be till mid-july since republicans say they want to spend the fourth of july recess reviewing the final bill's language. president obama had wanted to sign the bill on july 4th. and for the third time in as many weeks senate republicans have fill i bustered a bill to continue unemployment checks for people. the bill is expected to pass once it is in place. now hear, herhere's a look stories making news early today in america. people began freaking out as mag
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gots began falling on them from an overhead plane. there was spoiled meat onboard the plane a. the plane was late and fume gated out of what officials called, quote, an abundance of caution. a man is report lid doing well after being rescued from a hole in the bathroom wall. the man was in the bathroom when a fryer in the kitchen caught fire. he figured the best way to kick way would be kicking through the bathroom's dry wall but he got stuck and had to call 911. fortunately authorities arrived shortly after. an exhibit in los angeles is being billed at the largest collection of mummies ever assembled. and also in california, the return of the king kong ride which reopened at universal studios. it takes thrill seekers on an adventure deep into the jungle
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using all new 3-d technology and motion sensors. and now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. that's a look at your forecast. bill, good morning. >> lynn, you creeped me out with that magot story. let's show you what the latest is oven hurricane alex. the storm was really intensified right before landfall. we'll see during the day what the devastation looked like from the coast where it came onshore. the winds are still gusting. you saw louisiana. it looked worse there than south padre island. that's because we have large storms sitting here through louisiana and the gulf coast states. you can see what the storm looks like. it will die in a hurry later on today, but the worst of it was about 100 miles south of the border of texas. so the waves are still kicking up. we still have hulk waves off the coast of texas and even at the oil leak sight.
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we have is as far as the rest of the forecast a goes, everyone in the middle of the country can thank this huge area of high pressure, especially down here in texas. that's what kept the hurricane far to the south. it's also providing everyone with a great looking day. that's a look at the thursday forecast. now here's a look at the weather outside your window. unless you live on the gulf coast it's going to be rain-free. banner day from indianapolis to d.c. tennessee valley, ohio, valley, mid-atlantic and new england enjoying a perfect summer day. lynn, we'll talk friday getaway weekend forecast when i come back. >> all right, bill, thank you. a quarter to forget on wall street, yet another problem with toyotas and paying tribute to a guy who never took a sick day for 37 years. you're going to want to hear this one. your early morning business
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headlines are straight ahead. plus, speaking of business, twihard fans drum up a record amount of it for the latest vampire soap opera installment. the upsets continue at wimbledon and one of the slowest home run trots you'll ever see. you're watching "early today."
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good morning, and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry, and here are some of your top headlines this morning. supreme court nominee elena kagan appears to be cruising traurd her confirmation in which which republicans turned up the heat. she was pressed on matters while she dodged questions about same-sex marriage. a committee vote is expected later this month. the senate has confirmed general david petraeus as the
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new commander in the war on aflg. petraeus takes over for general stanley mcchrystal who's out after a controversial magazine article. worth explanation police are reopening angation that a massage their pipt says al gore sexually assaulted her in 2006. a gore spokesman vehemently denied the claims, adding, quote, the gores cannot comment on every inaccurate and misleading comment by tabloids. >> paleontologists may have uncovered the early left known multicellular fossils. they believe to have been 600 million years ago, may have actually been more than 2 billion years ago. and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day.
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the dow opens at 9, 774 after losing 96 points yesterday. the s&p shed 10, the nasdaq dropped 25. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei fell 191 points while in hong kong the hang seng went down 119. yesterday an all-too-familiar lats-day selloff wrapped up wall street's first quarter since the meltdown. some sobering stats for the second quarter. the dow is down 10% while the nasdaq and s&p have shed 12. yesterday more of the same old fears pushed the s&p below the psychological 1040 level from the fallout compounded by mixed d data at home. oil prices slid again dropping for the first time since late 2008. overseas japan's nikkei fell 2% today hitting a fresh
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seven-month low. elsewhere in japan, some 2,000 lexus brandts could stall while the vehicles are in motion. toyota is considering, quote, some kind of measure, but so far no recall. back home boeing is buying the engineering firm argon for about $775 million. it's buying a braxus. it shot up 21% while celgene slid 2%. microsoft is cutting two version of its kin phone after a sales fell flat less than two months after its debut. and finally it's the end of an era for post mattmaster ches reid. he credits a diet of watermelon
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and onion soup. he never missed a day of work in 37 years of work. just remarkable. congratulations to him. another pitcher stymies the yankees, let the le oregon free-for-all begin. plus coco crisp goes above and beyond. your early morning headlines are straight ahead. showers and storms will continue along the gulf coast. the rest of the country looking fantastic. your regional forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in sports nba free agency began at midnight but the big question hasn't changed in months. where will lebron james go? here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning, nba free agency has officially begun and a wait to see where lebron james and others went is finally over. even though they're now free agents, they're not allowed to sign a deal giving us one more week to speculate. his teammate felix fernandez
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filed suit. threw out jarrett jeter from the seat of his pants in the fifth. mariners won it, 7-50. let's go to cincinnati. reds down one in the eighth. a two-run shot down the line put cinci on top, 4-3. rids have now won 14 games and that is the most in the majors. a couple of strange plays. corey patterson shot deep to center. coco crisp on his horse made a running grab and crashed down into the wall. he crashed into the wall. wait a minute. hold everything. the umpire ruled that kirk suzuki interfered. a couple of minutes later luke scott drilled a go-ahead homer. his home run trot turned into a home run limp. he pulled a hamstring. better late than ever. orioles won it, 9-6. finally another big name at
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wimbledon falls and probably the biggest one of all. roger federer lost to czech republic burch. afterward he said he was unable to play because his back hurt. it will mark the first time in eight years that he won't play in the finals. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. well, jesse james plans his comeback with sandra bullock. your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, what's next. tigers and dogs living together? well, yeah. you're watching "early today."
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well, good morning and welcome back. your forecast for today down along the gulf, still a lot of moisture available. alex really sucked up a lot of tropical moisture and that's going to wring its out from the florida to the gulf. beautiful from the rockies to the middle of the country to the east coast. friday, the big get away day heading into the weekend looks just as nice. if you're watch uing us, wblt news in baltimore. see what it's like to stand eye to eye to the giraffe while you feed them at the giraffe feeding plaza.
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that's your "early today" event of the day, lynn. well, now here's an early look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. fans of the twilight vampire series have set another record. the midnight launch took in more than $30 million easily beating the initial one set by new mon. jesse james is buying a home in austin, texas, and want as one in new orleans to live near ex-wife bullock. he wants to win bullock back but her family will be a problem. they told her they will never forgive him. england's tabloid told them she's an unfit mother. he claims he saw her spank one of her two young boys with a belt and saw her feeding foods they're allergic to. finally lady gaga posed yesterday for a giant powe lore road at the m. imt t. art museum
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in cambridge, massachusetts. who knew. >> i'm so mixed on her. >> you love to hate her. embrace it, bill. this comes to us from khq in spokane, where one new tiger has a brand-new best friend. they adopted a pair sneeze puppy so the tiger can learn skills. experts say the two should maintain a lifelong friend ship. looks like they're well on their way. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day, today on your nbc station.
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4g 28 is our time. we have 69 degrees outside. what a beautiful refreshing day. great way to begin this first day of a brand new month. first day of the second half of this year, 2010, july the 1st. good morning, i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm aaron gilchrist. welcome to "news 4 today." hurricane alex continues to move inland after it made landfall in northeastern mexico and southern texas. this is a live look at the radar. the storm is still spinning as it moves in-and. alex hit as a category two storm
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about 10:00. grant stinchfield is on south padre island. >> reporter: people are taking a pounding. high winds and heavy rain are causing power outage, flooding and entornadoes. as hurricane alex lumbers its way on shore, it's dumping rain faster than the rio grande valley can handle it. >> been raining a lot and it's flat down here and they're saying it won't be able to hold all the rain. >> reporter: some residents in brownsville are ready seeking cover from area shelters. alex is the first atlantic june hurricane in 15 years. in mexico, aleck is becoming more even dangerous. alex is forcing thousands of people to evacuate coastal fishing villages. while hundreds of miles away from the oil spill zone, the storm is churning up the gulf and hindering the cleanup effort. >> fully expect if there's a two or three s

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